I love Portillo’s chopped salad. Portillo’s is a fast food chain in the Chicago area. If you ever visit Chicago, I highly recommend checking out Portillo’s. Indulge in a hot dog and fries and go back a second time to try their chopped salad! I’m pleased to share this copycat recipe with you. It takes forever to chop up the ingredients, but it’s worth it. I ended up quartering the recipe and I had enough for 2 HUGE salads. Save the second salad by placing a paper towel over the salad and covering with plastic wrap. The paper towel helps absorb the moisture and keeps the salad fresh for the next day. This tastes just like Portillo’s chopped salad. Also, I have tried out many salad dressings and the best match I could find was Marzetti’s Sweet Italian dressing.
RECIPE for COPYCAT PORTILLO’S CHOPPED SALAD
- 1 head iceberg lettuce
- 1 – 2 heads Romaine lettuce, depending on size
- 1 small head red cabbage, minced or 1 bag sliced red cabbage, chopped
- 1 small red onion, finely minced
- 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
- 3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 2 c. ditalini pasta, cooked and cooled
- 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 c. gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
- Vinaigrette dressing, bottled or homemade (we used a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette)
1. Wash and dry the lettuces. Finely chop until the lettuce is in small pieces. Put in a large bowl.
2. Add remaining ingredients, except dressing, and toss to combine well.
3. Serve dressing along side the salad or pour on and combine just before serving.
The original Portillo’s Chopped Salad includes diced chicken breast, but we opted to leave that out to make it more picnic and side-dish friendly. I think I’ll be making this for just our family very soon and including the chicken. It would definitely be hearty enough to make a complete meal.
Substitutions: I left out the red onion. Next time I will add chicken!
Time: It took me close to an hour to chop everything up and clean up, including distractions from the kiddo’s.
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Weight Watchers Points: I calculated 8 WW+ points. I used 2 T. dressing.